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Added 24 July 2021
In this brief text, Patrul Rinpoche elaborates upon the standard text used when adopting the eight-branched one-day vow (bsnyen gnas) of lay householders, or Sojong (gso sbyong) practice, and describes the associated benefits.
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A brief overview of the sacred site of Sengchen Namdrak (seng chen gnam brag), one of the twenty-five major sites of Kham, describing its significance as a location of terma revelation and consequent benefits as a place of pilgrimage. Read text >
A simple guru yoga focusing on Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö inseparable from Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, composed at the behest of Khenpo Tsultrim Nyima of Katok Monastery. Read text >
Verses in praise of the great Sakya teacher Ngawang Lekpa (1867–1941) composed at the request of two of his devoted disciples, Yeshe Nyima and Ngawang Rinchen. Read text >
Jamyang Khyentse composed this brief prayer for his own and Khandro Tsering Chödrön's (1929–2011) longevity at the request of Muksang Rinpoche Pema Kunzang Rangdrol (1916–1984). Read text >
This practical instruction in just a few lines covers the path of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection, by highlighting only its most crucial elements. Read text >
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A practice of Damdrip Nyepa Kunsel (dam grib nyes pa kun sel)—which derives from the revelations of Trengpo Sherab Özer (1518–1584)—based on the deity Ucchuṣma (sme brtsegs), with added preliminary and concluding sections and further instructions on purifying samaya defilements. Read text >
This liturgy for the expulsion of obstacles (bzlog pa) takes the ultimate perspective, according to which all forms of negativity are dispelled within the basic space of the dharmadhātu. Read text >
Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project
An aspiration prayer to recognize the various phases of the four intermediate states, or bardos—the natural bardo of this life, the bardo of dying, the bardo of dharmatā, and the bardo of becoming—and apply the techniques and practices that will bring about realization. Read text >
This root empowerment text, revealed as a mind treasure by Jigme Lingpa for the Vidyādhara Assembly (Rigdzin Düpa), contains the inner enabling empowerments (nang nus pa 'jug pa'i dbang). Read text >
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One of the better known instructions from the collection known as Responses to Questions, Advice from the Guru's Direct Instructions (bla ma dmar khrid kyi zhal gdams zhus lan skor), which is included in the Precious Treasury of Revelations (rin chen gter mdzod). The text contains simple advice from Guru Padmasambhava for his elderly disciple, Ngok Sherab Gyalpo. Read text >
Six lines of essential advice from the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje to his spiritual consort, the celebrated ḍākinī Urgyen Tsomo (o rgyan gtso mo, 1897–1961). Read text >
* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.